TAG: Pets

An Animal-Friendly Common Sense Solution

An Animal-Friendly Common Sense Solution

Once you learn about the environmental costs of not recycling, it seems like common sense to try and recycle what you can, when you can. One company has figured out a way to help a city wide problem while taking care of recycling the large amounts of plastic water bottles that are used. Istanbul, Turkey reportedly has a huge concentration of stray animals. In attempts to raise awareness to the approximately 150,000 strays that roam the streets of the densely populated city, a company called Pugedon came up with the idea of installing outdoor machines that will dispense pet food and water. In… read more

6 Easy Upcycling Projects Using Kitchen Items

6 Easy Upcycling Projects Using Kitchen Items

Organization, storage and other items for the home can be expensive. Making your own can be done for next to nothing, and using things you probably already have on hand in the kitchen. An empty oatmeal box can be turned into an instant holder for items like ribbon, mailing supplies and even items in the garage. Deck it out with fabric or paper and put it to work. It can also decorated and used for kid inspired storage. Why buy a storage container for things like pencils, scissors, art supplies and tools when they can be made from empty cans…. read more

Purina Makes Eco-Friendly Pet Food Packaging

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These days, more and more people, companies, and organizations are doing their part to make the world a better place. Why should a beloved pet food maker be any different? Purina, one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of pet food, made headlines when they came out with their ‘Purina ONE’ brand of pet food. It’s eco-friendly, 100% recyclable, and costs the company less to make than their regular packaging. Take a look: What do you think? Will this make you more or less likely to purchase from Purina in the future?

Indoor Pets Better for Environment?

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Though they plead for you to do otherwise, with the incessant pawing at the doors and longing glares out the windows, it is best to keep your pets inside. Not only is it safer for your four-legged companions, but is actually better ecologically. Annually, cats kill 1.4 to 3.7 billion birds per year, as concluded from a study by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. They kill even more mammals, tallying up a head count of 6.9 to 20.7 billion. All of which is made possible by outdoor access. These findings are not exclusive to feral cats. For every week a… read more

Cat Toys That Don’t Cost The Earth

Recycled Cat Toys

Pet owners spend a small fortune on toys for their pets each year, buying manufactured playthings that are surrounded in packaging and often shipped overseas, contributing to global warming and other environmental problems. A more environmentally friendly option is to give discarded household objects a second life as cat toys. The Humane Society of the United States  recommends the following items as safe and fun for cats: plastic shower curtain rings, ping pong balls, plastic practice golf balls (the kind with holes), paper bags (without handles), empty cardboard toilet paper or paper towel tubes, and cardboard boxes with doors and… read more

Unlikely Uses For Peanut Butter

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Peanut butter is already famed as a sidekick to both chocolate and jelly, loved solo by millions of Americans for its thick texture and health benefits (Europe has yet to develop as intense a passion), and has inspired the crunchy vs creamy debate, which continues over a century after it was first introduced in St. Louis by Doctor Straub – where it was originally used as a means to provide protein to patients who were unable to adequately chew solid foods. Usually, this meant toothless gentlemen of a refined age. Certainly, these achievements are impressive, but in a world where… read more

Natural Flea Repellents

Natural Flea Repellents

We have all spotted them, the small black specks that flit across the house, jumping onto your pet’s hair and your own. Fleas are a major concern amongst pet owners and non-pet owners alike. They are wingless but still can maneuver quite quickly as they are world-class jumpers of the animal kingdom – second only to the froghopper. Even in the winter fleas can nest in your home, where they lay eggs, feed off our pets, and burrow into our hair. Is it any wonder we go great lengths to avoid them? Not so much. But there is the question… read more

Sustainable Pet Ownership

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Some say that pet ownership can be bad for the environment, but there are ways to reduce your pet’s ecological footprint. 1. Make your own pet products from recycled or locally sourced materials: It’s easy to make a bed for a cat or dog using old blankets and most pets love homemade toys. There are plenty of free pet craft patterns available online. 2. Buy pet supplies locally: Most pet products are shipped from faraway countries. Purchasing from local companies reduces carbon emissions. 3. Choose green pet products: Look for items with less packaging, recycled materials, and eco-friendly ingredients. Select… read more

Cat Condo

Play equipment for cats

In many areas of life we try to preserve space. This is sometimes easier for organizing or storing items, but can be hard for kids and pets. With cats, at least, there are the so called “cat trees” and “cat condos”, which provide areas for rest and observation, and take up little room in your house. As convenient as they are, many cat condos seem to be over-priced, which is odd considering most are made from cardboard. Using empty containers and other scrap materials, you can make your own, whether you make it short and comfy or a massive ceiling… read more